Updated: January 3, 2022 10:54:36 am
A 42-year-old man allegedly killed his 76-year-old mother by inducing drug overdose, suffocating her with a plastic bag and strangling her before ending his own life by hanging at their home in Dhankawdi area of Pune in the early hours of Sunday, police said.
The incident came to light on Sunday morning because of the suicide note the man, an engineer by profession, had sent to his relatives on WhatsApp.
Police have identified the deceased as Ganesh Fartade and his mother Nirmala. Police said Fartade had been living with his mother at their rented home for the last 10 years. He was unmarried and had lost his father a few years back, they added.
An official said that preliminary probe have suggested that Ganesh, who worked as an engineer with a private firm, had lost his job in March last year and had been unemployed since. During this period, he had started investing in the share market and was under heavy debt, the official added. Probe has also revealed that his elderly mother was suffering from various age-related ailments.
During the early hours of Sunday, sometime around 3am, Fartade sent a picture of the “suicide note” to a few of his relatives on WhatsApp, police said. A maternal aunt who lives in Pune saw the message and alerted the family of his other aunt. The relatives came to the house around 7 am and informed the police, who broke open the door to found the mother-son duo unconscious. They were taken to the hospital where doctors declared them dead.
A police officer said, “Our investigation till now suggests that the man induced a drug overdose to his mother, possibly with various medicines she had been prescribed. He later suffocated her with a plastic bag and also strangled her with a rope. He then ended his life by hanging himself with a rope (tied) to the ceiling. Before this, he sent a suicide note to his relatives explaining the circumstances under which he took the extreme step.”
Inspector Yunis Mulani of Sahakarnagar police station said, “Probe suggests that Ganesh Fartade had been depressed because of the job loss, debt and health issues of his mother. He has said in the note that he induced a drug overdose to his mother…We have recovered the cell phones with which he sent the note (to his relatives). We are recording statements of other relatives.”
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